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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 8, Number 1, March 2014

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Paresh Tiwari
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India


Radioheads

In a dusty pawn shop tucked away within the alleys of Colaba, India, I come across a Murphy radio. It's a large rectangular wooden box with the front painted dull ochre. The paint has peeled off and the wood is chipped at the edges. Hidden beneath a fine coat of time and dust the radio seems to be waiting for the caress of fingers that it once knew. I wonder if the radio tunes to songs long forgotten or to the buzzing static of the deep dark.

autumn dusk
hanging by the door
her faded coat


Author's Note: The title of the haibun is credited to a haiku of Jayashree Maniyil. The poet coined the term "Radiohead" for the dragonflies that have rectangular shaped heads like the Murphy radios of 1960.

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